Besides not being a "shopper," the job requires a lot of emails. It isn't uncommon to find 5o to 100 emails glaring at me from my inbox in the morning.
Sometimes I think old fashioned mail would be faster, but then again, a simple telephone call would be faster still. Sure I realize it is 19th century technology, but it is so much faster than email. Here is an example:
Acme: "Acme Company."
Me: "Hi, I need to place a purchase order for 250 of those tiny little screws with the Phillips head."
Acme: "Are you talking about the X19PA47838?"
Acme: "You have to buy 5,000 of those at a time."
Me: "But I only need 250.
Acme: "But 5,000 is the minimum order."
Me: Exaggerated sigh. "Okay. How much?"
Acme: "Three cents each."
Me: "Okay. When can we have them?"
Acme: "They'll go out today and you should have them on Thursday."
Me: "Okay. Awesome. Use purchase order number 73P81
Acme: "Thank you. Bye."
Now if you read that out loud, even spending extra time on the sigh, it is only about a minute.
But if I use email, all those questions and answers--over a series of emails--will take several hours. This is because I'm a writer, which has totally destroyed my ability to write. First I write the email, then I begin the first edit, taking out as many words as possible. I must open the thesaurus to look up alternate words for "awesome" (which is just plain silly to say in an email), and decide on a different word for the second "okay." Then I do a spell-check. Next I run it past my email critique group, and make any necessary revisions. The next step is to submit it to my email beta readers. After meeting with them over coffee, I make more revisions. Next comes another session with the critique group, a final revision, and I'm finally ready to hit the "send" button. And that is just the first email. I must repeat it for the second and third.
Does anyone else find that emails drain the life out of your day?